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DeVos attackers surrender high ground

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The recent appointment of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos exhibited much that is destructive, even demented, about our current political discourse. While objections to her lack of experience in government were understandable, critics went far beyond that to attack her character and question her intentions. She…

Editor’s Note: The media is crying wolf about Trump

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor I read more newspapers and magazines, and more media criticism, than is healthy or natural. Part of that’s a function of doing this job. The more I know about what media outlets great and small are doing, the better I can, hopefully, edit this newspaper, direct…

Troubled by the state of politics? Ending gerrymandering could be the ‘big fix’

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BRYAN WARNER Guest Columnist Our nation is still feeling the aftershocks of last year’s deeply contentious presidential election. Political polarization seems as intense as it’s ever been in modern times. Many of us may want to simply throw our hands up in disgust, disconnect from the rancor and step away…

The Arnold Schwarzenegger of legislatures

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist It is perhaps symbolic that the North Carolina legislature is one of only three in the country with its own building — and not just any building but one designed by the same architect responsible for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.…

Guest View: State should work to decrease drunk driving

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“DWI arrests declining across Southeastern N.C., law enforcement agencies say” That headline appeared in the StarNews last week. So did these: “Suspected drunken driver in fatal crash possibly drove wrong way for 9 miles” “Supply man charged with murder in DWI crash was out on bail” We’re never quite sure…

Reader’s Forum

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Commissioners shouldn’t restrict building The recent proposal by the county commissioners for a possible moratorium on new construction in Catawba Springs township is disturbing. We are just recovering from the devastating effects that the bank crash and recession caused our county. A moratorium should be used as a last resort,…

Fiscal uncertainty hurts state economy

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist Do governors and state legislators really have much to do with the performance of state economies? If governors and state legislators are to be believed, their policies are responsible for all good economic news — and rarely responsible for the bad news. It’s easy to ridicule…

Our View: The Klan does not belong here

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The Ku Klux Klan has no place in Lincoln County. The KKK dropped recruitment fliers at homes around Lincolnton late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, leaving many residents stunned and angry. Several contacted the Lincoln Times-News to voice their disappointment and shock. White supremacy and the bigotry embodied by…

The dark history of NC’s immigration politics

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ROB CHRISTENSEN Syndicated Columnist While the controversy over President Donald Trump’s immigration policies has roiled the nation, immigration has a long history as part of Tar Heel politics. North Carolina, until recent decades, had experienced little immigration compared with other states. In the 1700s there were waves of English, Scots-Irish,…

The anchor of over-regulation

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist “If I could paraphrase a well-known statement by Will Rogers that he never met a man he didn’t like,” President Reagan once quipped, “I’m afraid we have some people around here who never met a tax they didn’t like.” Instead of “tax,” he could just as…